Limerick IT president challenges the ‘current blueprint’ for third level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The President of the Limerick Institute of Technology has challenged the current blueprint for third level education, as he revealed that 95% of last year’s LIT graduating class either went directly into employment or on further study. At the opening 2018 conferring ceremony in the LIT Moylish Campus this Wednesday, Professor Vincent Cunnane questioned whether the Government’s Hunt Report, first published in 2011, was still relevant for the sector and the challenges it now faces …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 31 October]

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Limerick IT awarded funding to work towards technological university status

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Limerick Institute of Technology has been allocated €50,000 in funding from the Department of Education to work towards acquiring technological university status. According to the Department, the funding aims to ‘strengthen collaborative regional clustering and co-operation between higher education and further education and training institutions, including on a cross-border basis, and multi-campus integration’ …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 16 October]

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Technological Universities Should Bring Out the Best of Both Sectors

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The technological education sector has been part of the landscape in Ireland for a long time. In the case of my own institution, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), we trace our roots to the foundation of the Limerick Athenaeum in 1852, founded with the aim of being ‘open to all, irrespective of class, creed or cultural background’ …” (more)

[Vincent Cunnane, University Times, 15 September]

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Construction begins at Limerick IT’s new campus as funding of €11.6m confirmed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Construction work has started on Limerick Institute of Technology’s new €14m engineering campus. The development, which is expected to create around 100 permanent jobs and 134 construction jobs, will see the Moylish-based IT open a new engineering-focused campus beside Tesco at Coonagh Cross, with the first students expected a year from now …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 14 September]

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Limerick Institute of Technology sets out stall with five-year strategic plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Limerick Institute of Technology has launched an ambitious five-year plan aiming to invest €150 million on infrastructure, increase student numbers and position the institute as a Technological University after 2022 …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 10 May]

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Limerick Institute of Technology to become a Technological University after 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new five-year plan aims to see Limerick Institute of Technology become a leading Technological University while growing student numbers and maintaining its autonomy. LIT has unveiled a new strategic plan which aims to position the institute to the forefront of the Irish Higher Education system …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 8 May]

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Institutes of Technology – Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 26th, 2018 by steve

Jackie Cahill (Tipperary, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the courses on offer at Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 April]

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Words I Want to Ban Too

Posted in Teaching on January 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“My STYLE GUIDE that I expect students to use includes tiresome words to be avoided when producing essays for third level. I borrow from Northern Michigan’s Lake Superior State University 43rd Annual List. The 2017 list of phrases not to be used include the following: – Let me ask you this; – unpack; …” (more)

[Inside View, 1 January]

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Limerick IT president’s warning on college loan risks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of LIT has warned of the dangers of financing third level education with income-contingent loans (ICLs), describing it as a potential significant barrier to education. Professor Vincent Cunnane made the comments during his speech at Limerick Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony last Thursday …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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#OPHELIA: Schools across Limerick set to remain closed on Monday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“… The University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College have also confirmed they will also remain closed, while a scheduled appearance by celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio at LIT’s Millennium Theatre has also been cancelled …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 15 October]

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LIT lecturers protest over damage caused by funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology lecturers today staged a lunchtime protest outside their place of work over the funding crisis facing their sector. The protests were organised by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents over 4,000 lecturing and research staff in Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Third level students want apprenticeships not loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic qualifications that include an apprenticeship module are not getting enough support at a time when Institutes of Technology are floundering financially, members of Limerick City and County Council were told …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 31 July]

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Limerick IT secures permission for €14m campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planners have cleared the way for the Limerick Institute of Technology to open a new engineering campus. In a move which will see 100 permanent jobs and 134 construction jobs, the Moylish-based college is to open a new engineering-focussed campus beside Tesco at Coonagh Cross …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 12 July]

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LIT granted full planning for Coonagh Campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on July 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant Limerick Institute of Technology full planning permission for construction of a new engineering-focused campus at Coonagh on the Northside of the city has been broadly welcomed …” (more)

[Andrew Carey, Limerick Post, 12 July]

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New beginning for Limerick as US biotech giant keeps on growing

Posted in Research on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For Limerick native, Ivor Downey, professional life couldn’t have worked out better, being tempted home from Boston to head up human resources for US giant Regeneron in Ireland. The icing on the cake is that the New York-headquartered biopharmaceutical company invested not just in his home city of Limerick, but in Raheen — just 5km down the road from where he grew up …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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LIT president excited about potential ‘knowledge corridor’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane has welcomed proposals for the new Northern Distributor Road, stating that it will make Limerick ‘a better place to live’. Making his first public comment on the planned development to the region, Professor Cunnane said …” (more)

[Simon Bourke, Limerick Post, 22 March]

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Limerick firms back €600,000 LIT scholarship plan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 50 third level students from schools across Limerick have received scholarships worth a total of €600,000. The Limerick Institute of Technology has linked up with a series of companies including WP Engine based in Patrick Street, Analog Devices in Raheen and the Strand Hotel to fund the scholarships …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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Higher Education Can Benefit Ireland, But to do so it Needs to be Invested In

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Those of us lucky enough to receive a higher education in Ireland derive benefit from it, as do our families and our communities. Indeed, over time the economy and the state are fundamentally shaped by successive generations of graduates …” (more)

[Vincent Cunnane, University Times, 7 January]

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New Limerick Institute of Technology campus gets green light

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has secured planning permission for a new northside campus that will receive a €14 million investment. Limerick City and County Council has green-lit a plan by the college to convert an unused building at Coonagh Cross to a fully functioning college, in a move which will create 134 construction workers, and 100 permanent staff …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 14 December]

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Limerick Institute of Technology to create 234 jobs with new engineering campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 230 jobs are to be created through the construction and operation of a €14m engineering training centre of excellence at Limerick Institute of Technology. Planning permission was granted by Limerick city and county council for the college’s sixth campus at Coonagh, Co Limerick, which will have particular emphasis on precision engineering training …” (more)

[David Raleigh, BreakingNews.ie, 14 December]

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